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Global Governance and Ethics - MSc

Course Description

The economic, social and political benefits of good governance are high on the agenda of many world organisations. This MSc combines normative and empirical approaches to international justice, organisations and processes, and applies them to the analysis of global political institutions and policies.

Degree information

Students of this MSc will benefit from research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training of the highest quality at one of the world's best universities.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Global Governance (30)
-Global Ethics (15)
-Introduction to Qualitative Methods B or Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
-Introduction to Quantitative Methods B or Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

Optional modules - choose one of the following 15-credit modules (the other two remain available as options):
-Global Public Policy (15)
-International Political Economy (15)
-Theories of International Relations (15)

Other modules up to a value of 30 credits are then chosen. The following are suggestions:
-Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
-The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
-The Political Economy of Development (15)
-Governing Divided Societies (15)
-Foreign Policy Analysis (15)
-Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15)
-Human Rights: Accountability and World Politics (15)
-Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15)
-Globalisation (15)

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and is taught by scholars that have institution, policy or country-specific knowledge and have carried out theoretical and empirical research in the field. Assessment is through unseen examinations, long essays and the dissertation.


Most students choose the MSc as the foundation for a career in intergovernmental institutions; in central, regional or local government; in NGOs, business, lobby groups, charities and public affairs, and for funded PhD study.

Recent employers include:
-The Ministry of Foreign Policy and Trade
-The Department of Health
-Fight for Sight
-Sutton Trust

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Magister in Public Administration, German University of Public Administration Speyer
-Collaborator, UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research)
-Financial Adviser, CDC
-Researcher, NPC (New Philanthropy Capital)
-Speech Writer to the Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Office

Our students receive excellent training to think critically and creatively. Through our methods training students also possess sophisticated skills in demand by employers in the public and private sector as well as the skills necessary for further academic study.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of global governance and ethics.

Weekly seminars offer students an unrivalled opportunity to meet and engage with some of the leading figures in the field.

UCL Political Science offers a broad array of global governance-related expertise and teaching able to accommodate a wide scope of student interests within a university that has in recent years put emphasis on governance issues, such as global health.

Visit the Global Governance and Ethics - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

As a minimum, a strong upper second-class (65%) Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CGPA of 3.45; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.

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